Posts tagged "transgender"

“Orange Is The New Black”‘s Laverne Cox Worries About Being “Pretty Enough”

“I’m insecure about how I look … I was looking at some stills from the show that are up online. [In the past] I was like, “When I am successful, I’m going to look differently. I will have had more surgery, I will be thinner. And that will equal me being successful.” And the…

Julie Gerstein / July 31, 2013

True Story: I Transitioned From Female To Male

As told to Lauren Gitlin.

It was always kind of under the surface, this idea that I wasn’t quite comfortable with my body. I remember looking at this book my parents gave me when I was 8 years old and I saw drawings of what men’s bodies were like and what women’s bodie…

Roman Rimer / July 30, 2013

A Transgender Teen Couple Make The Transition Together

Growing up, transgender teenager Katie Hill knew she should have been born a girl, not a boy. At 18, she transitioned from her male body to a female form. Her boyfriend, Arin Andrews, also knew he’d been born in the wrong body — but in his case, he identified as male, not with his female-born body.

Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2013

The “You Are You” Camp Gives Boys The Chance To Be The Girls They Want To Be

For the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been following a group of special kids who attend an annual four-day camp for “gender-nonconforming boys and their parents.” In order to protect the boys and their families, Morris simply refers to the camp as Camp You Are You, and explains it as a place where…

Julie Gerstein / July 23, 2013

Gawker Thinks It’s Cool To Smirk At Gender Queer People

Guys, I love sarcasm. It’s a heady, delicious treat I eat up on the hour. But even I have my sarcasm limits. Case in point: Gawker writer Hamiliton Nolan’s response to a piece by xoJane writer s.e. smith about the western appropriation of Eastern religion, specifically in the context of yoga, and whether someone with a…

Julie Gerstein / July 8, 2013

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused…

Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Transgender 6-Year-Old Coy Mathis Wins Case For Access to Girls’ Bathroom

A win for the transgender community! Coy Mathis, a transgendered 6-year-old from Fountain, Colorado has won a case against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, allowing her to officially use the girls’ bathroom.

Coy had been using the girls’ bathroom at her school because she identifies as a female. Although she was assigned the…

Daley Quinn / June 24, 2013

Waitress Fired For Dressing In Drag Or For Breaking The Dress Code?

A woman in Kalamazoo, Michigan claims that she has been fired for showing up to work at the restaurant, Harvey’s on the Mall, in dressed as a man. The restaurant, however, claims that her termination had nothing to do with her gender-bending outfit, but rather with her failure to comply with the restaurant’s dress code.

Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

Update: Laura Smith’s Gender Confirmation Surgery Fundraiser Needs Your Help

This past May, we introduced you to Laura Smith, a brave trans woman who shared her story of survival with us. Laura created an Indiegogo fundraising page to raise money for her gender confirmation surgery, the next step in her journey to becoming the person she’s always wanted to be.

As we mentioned…

Julie Gerstein / June 17, 2013

It’s Hard Out There For A Teen: Boobs, Tribal Feathers, Hipster Glasses Not Allowed!

Cleavage, tribal feathers, hipster glasses — oh my! All of those things have gotten students in trouble at schools around the nation. Schools sure have gotten strict, some might say silly, with their rules about what students can and can’t do. Showing cleavage at prom? You know, prom, where everyone wears dresses? NOT OKAY. Wearing…

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Becoming Laura: One Trans Woman’s Journey To Self-Acceptance

There’s a well-known nursery rhyme that asks, “What are little boys made of? / Slugs and snails / And puppy-dogs’ tails … What are little girls made of? / Sugar and spice / And everything nice.” It’s a tiny piece of a larger puzzle aimed at helping little girls and boys understand their place i…

Julie Gerstein / May 29, 2013

German Athlete Has A Sex Change After Being Unwittingly Doped With Steroids

Back in the ’70s, when there was still an East and West Germany, East Germany was very serious about winning international sports competitions, and was known to regularly dope their athletes (see also: East German swim team). Athletes were fed “performance enhancing drugs” (PEDs) — aka anabolic steroids — that bulked them up and made…

Julie Gerstein / May 21, 2013

Swedish High School Debuts Gender Neutral Locker Room

Students at a Swedish high school have requested and received a gender neutral changing room as part of the school’s locker room for any student that wants to use it. Soedra Latins upper secondary school already has male and female locker rooms, but students proposed last year that they have an additional space for student…

Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

Trans Woman Ally Robledo Uses Women’s Bathroom, Charged With Trespassing

How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for “trespassing” after she uses the women’s bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year.

Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was “peeing standing…

Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2013

Laura Jane Grace On The Power Of The Right Skirt

“Deciding to wear a skirt onstage in September was a personal landmark. It was the first time I had ever worn a skirt in public—and I would be doing so in front of a couple of thousand people. The skirt was a gift from a friend—it was black and leather, and it fit me great.

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 10, 2013

UFC Suspends Matt Mitrione For Transphobic Comments

At the beginning of March, mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox came out as transgender. The 36-year-old had been participating as a female competitor in MMA competitions for six years, and was forced to address the fact that she was born male after a reporter discovered her secret. In mid-March, UFC host Joe Rogan slammed…

Julie Gerstein / April 9, 2013

Texas School Allows Student Tony Zamazal To Wear A Dress To Prom

Thanks to the good works of the ACLU, Spring High School in Spring, Texas, will now allow George “Tony” Zamazal, who is trans and identifies as female, to wear a dress to her prom. The school had previously forbidden the senior from wearing a dress. Said Tony, “I’m so grateful that my school ha…

Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

Last week, we uttered a collective, “UGH, ARIZONA!” over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we’re heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption:
Given what’s happening in Arizona now, I thought this might be…

Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

Judge Won’t Grant ‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie A Divorce

Welcome to the world’s most confusing divorce case. A judge in Arizona today declined to grant a divorce to Thomas Beatie, who attained minor celebrity status as the “pregnant man” a few years back and gave birth to three children. Beatie, who was born a woman but identifies as a man, married wife Nancy in Hawaii…

Newser / March 30, 2013

Trans Role Model & Activist Kate Bornstein Needs Our Help To Fight Cancer

If you haven’t had a chance to read Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, go out right now and buy it. The woman has lived an incredible life — from being a male Scientology scout, to prize-winning playwright, trans activist and gender outlaw — and somehow managed to keep her wits and sense…

Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013
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